- DES continues to be a leader in the country for providing services to members and families in their home and community. About 99% of the more than 35,000 individuals enrolled in the DES Developmental Disabilities program live in their own homes and communities rather than in institutional settings.
- Self advocates with disabilities made Arizona one of the first states in the nation to discontinue use of the term “mental retardation” by promoting legislation that replaced the term with “cognitive disability” in state statutes related to individuals with developmental disabilities.
- DES believes in connecting with community partners. We support Human Rights Committees, family groups throughout the state, a self determination council and always looks for ways to include families, people with disabilities, providers and other community stakeholders as integral members and contributors to improve services and supports.
Thank you for visiting the DES Division of Developmental Disabilities’ Web site. We hope that the information provided here will be helpful to you. We encourage your feedback. We look forward to continued partnership with people with disabilities, families, advocates, providers and other community partners.